God's Lake First Nation Water Treatment Plant (WTP) Upgrades

God's Lake First Nation (GLFN) has retained a consultant firm to provide engineering services for an expansion/upgrade to the existing East and West water treatment plants (WTPs) which includes the pump houses (the Project).


The scope of work for the East WTP upgrades includes upgrading components of the existing ZeeWeed membrane filtration system, addition of a process targeting organics removal, raw water pumping upgrades, and a reservoir addition to provide capacity to meet the East community's future demands and fire storage requirements for the new school.

The scope of work for the West WTP upgrades includes addition of a new membrane filtration system with increased capacity, addition of a process targeting organics removal, raw water pumping upgrades, and a reservoir addition to provide capacity to meet the West community's future demands and fire storage requirements.


Design criteria for the GLFN WTP upgrades will be based on an On-Reserve population projection for the design period of 20 years based on the recommended growth rate of 1.60%.


The existing permanent infrastructure at the Project Site includes the WTPs and associated water distribution system/piping. There are also various buildings, both residential and commercial near the existing WTPs. Sewer and water pipes along with power and communication lines are located within the area of the existing WTPs. Underground utility clearances will be obtained prior to construction activities.

The proposed permanent infrastructure includes the following:

• 9 m by 21 m (approx.) building expansion at the East WTP; and

• 13 m by 14.75 m (approx.) building expansion at the West WTP.

These new building expansions will contain the new treatment system with the new water reservoir located beneath it. The chemical storage area will be located within the new addition and will be stored according to Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS).


Phase 1 – Planning and Design

During this phase, the consultant will submit a Preliminary Design Report and upon approval by ISC and GLFN, will proceed with Detailed Design of the construction tender for the work.


Phase 2 – Construction Phase

The following Project activities will be undertaken at the WTP sites. Complete a site survey and layout of work areas; Clearing (as needed) at the WTP sites; Excavating for the new underground water reservoir (East and West WTPs); Construction of the new building expansions at both WTP sites; Installation of water treatment systems;  Removal and/or upgrading existing treatment systems; Installing chemical storage area and workspace for operators within each WTP; Removal of construction debris and disposing of it at the GLFN waste disposal ground; and Re-vegetate the disturbed areas of each WTP.


It is anticipated that construction will go to tender by August 9, 2021 with a contractor selected by September 3, 2021. It is anticipated that construction will begin in January 1, 2022 and will be completed by December 31, 2022.


Latest update


End of Public Comment Period

July 3, 2021 – The public period on the project is closed. Indigenous Services Canada is considering comments received to help inform its determination on whether the carrying out of the project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects..


Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
1 Public Comment Period on Intent to Make a Determination - June 1, 2021


Tebesi Mosala
Indigenous Services Canada
Tebesi Mosala, Senior Environmental Specialist
200-365 Hargrave Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 4H4
Telephone: 204-984-0711
Fax: 204-983-2936
Email: tebesi.mosala@canada.ca

  • Location

    • God's Lake First Nation (Manitoba)
    • God's Lake First Nation (Manitoba)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Water Management
  • Assessment Status

    In progress
  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    God's Lake First Nation
  • Authorities

    • Indigenous Services Canada
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


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